Ashley, Bernard. Little soldier.
New York : Scholastic, 2003, c1999. Taken from Africa
to a foster home in London after his family is killed by an enemy tribe,
Kaninda discovers the meaning of hate and the value of not hating.
Atkin, interviews and photographs
by S. Beth. Voices from the streets : young former gang members tell their
stories. Boston : Little, Brown & Co, c1996.
Photographs, poems, and interviews with former gang members from different
regions of the United States depict their experiences.
Bing, L†on, 1950- Do or die.
New York : HarperPerennial, 1992. Explores the ghetto
and gangs of South Central Los Angeles.
Bonham, Frank. Durango Street.
New York : Puffin, 1999, c1965. As headman of his teenage
gang, Rufus Henry has to deal not only with other gangs, but also with
the police sanctioned sponsor who has involved himself with Rufus and his
Bunting, Eve, 1928- Someone is
hiding on Alcatraz Island. New York : Berkley, 1986,
c1984. When he offends the toughest gang in his San Francisco
school, Danny tries to elude them by going to Alcatraz only to find himself
and a Park Service employee trapped by the gang in an old prison cell block.
Coburn, Jake. Prep.
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2003. One-time tag-artist,
Nick tries to come to terms with the death of a friend, to protect the
brother of his would-be girlfriend, to escape the violence of wealthy New
York City prep school hoods, and to figure out who he really is.
Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)
Romiette and Julio. New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 2001,
c1999. Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio,
a Hispanic boy, discover that they attend the same high school after falling
in love on the Internet, but are harassed by a gang whose members object
to their interracial dating.
Ewing, Lynne. Drive-by.
New York, NY : HarperTrophy, 1998, c1996. Twelve-year-old
Tito, while helping to care for his little sister, struggles to find his
way during the aftermath of his brother's death in a gang-related shooting.
Fleischman, H. Samuel. Gang girl.
Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday,  A girl in New York's
Spanish Harlem, joins a girl's gang but finds less dignity in this situation
than in the home life from which she sought relief.
Fremon, Celeste. Father Greg &
the homeboys : the extraordinary journey of Father Greg Boyle and his work
with the Latino gangs of East L.A. New York : Hyperion,
c1995. Tells of the ministry of Catholic priest Greg
Boyle among the Hispanic gangs of Los Angeles and its positive impact on
the life of the community.
Garland, Sherry. Shadow of the
dragon. San Diego : Harcourt Brace, c1993.
High school sophomore Danny Vo tries to resolve the conflict between the
values of his Vietnamese refugee family and his new American way of life.
Hernandez, Arturo, 1959- Peace
in the streets : breaking the cycle of gang violence.
Washington, DC : Child Welfare League of America, c1998.
The author tells about his one-year experiment teaching gang members from
South Central Los Angeles in a one-room schoolhouse in 1982; and shares
his experiences with gangs on the Salt River Reservation, Arizona, where
the community takes a very different response to the problem of gang violence.
Hinojosa, Maria. Crews.
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, c1995. Presents a sampling
of interviews with gang members. Portrays a sometimes shocking and sometimes
heartening picture of the young men and women who live on the edge of poverty
Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders.
Howe, Quincy, 1934- Broken chains.
Paramus, N.J. : Globe Fearon, c1995. Julio, infatuated
with Vanessa, agrees to act as a big brother for her fourteen-year-old
brother Hector who has recently fallen in with a bad crowd, but Julio does
not realize his involvement with Hector is going to compromise his relationship
Howe, Quincy, 1934- Looking for
trouble. Paramus, N.J. : Globe Fearon, c1995.
When Vasey's friend Hi-C arrives in the city and becomes involved with
a gang, Vasey's friends team up to try and teach Hi-C that life on the
streets isn't as cool as he thinks it is.
Kropp, Paul. Gang war.
St. Paul, Minn. : EMC Pub./Paradigm Pub., c1984. Jack
and the Punks think they're tough, but Charlie and the Saints don't like
getting pushed around so the two gangs fight it out in the last rumble.
Martinez, Victor. Parrot in the
oven: mi vida
Mowry, Jess, 1960- Rats in the
trees : stories. Santa Barbara, CA : J. Daniel and Co.
; Austin, Tex. : Distributed by Texas Monthly Press, 1990.
Arriving in Oakland with his skateboard and dreams of living by the ocean,
thirteen-year-old Robby befriends the Animals, a street gang whose culture
is based on skateboards, beer, rap slang, and danger.
Mowry, Jess, 1960- Way past cool
: a novel. New York : HarperPerennial, 1993, c1992.
Describes the lives of young gang members living on the edge in Oakland
as they cope with a rival gang, drug dealers, and other problems.
Myers, Walter Dean, 1937- Scorpions.
New York : Harper & Row, 1990, c1988. After reluctantly
taking on the leadership of the Harlem gang, the Scorpions, Jamal finds
that his enemies treat him with respect when he acquires a gun--until a
Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938- Foxfire
: confessions of a girl gang. New York : Plume, 1994.
During the 1950s, five high school girls in upstate New York form a gang
Phillips, Susan A., 1969- Wallbangin'
: graffiti and gangs in L.A. Chicago : University of
Chicago Press, 1999. A study of gangs and graffiti in
Los Angeles, presenting a cross-cultural, political approach to the topic
of gangs in L.A.; featuring ethnographies of Chicano and African American
gangs, primarily as seen through their graffiti; offering a brief review
of hip-hop graffiti; and discussing cross-ethnic gang relationships.
Randle, Kristen D. Breaking rank.
New York : Morrow Junior Books, c1999. Seventeen-year-old
Casey has some of her preconceived notions challenged when she begins to
tutor Baby, a member of a ganglike non-conformist society called the Clan.
Rodriguez, Luis J., 1954- Always
running : La Vida Loca, gang days in L.A. New York :
Simon & Schuster, 1994. Rodriguez's memoir explores
the motivations of gang life and cautions against the death and destruction
that inevitably claim its participants.
Rodriguez, Luis J., 1954- Hearts
and hands : creating community in violent times. New
York : Seven Stories Press, c2001. Luis Rodriguez uses
his own experiences as a peacemaker with gangs in Los Angeles, Chicago,
and many other cities to explore how people can create nonviolent opportunities
to redirect children toward productive, satisfying lives and away from
the dangers of gangs, drugs, and violence.
Rodriguez, Luis J., 1954- It doesn't
have to be this way : a barrio story. San Francisco :
Children's Book Press, c1999. Reluctantly a young boy
becomes more and more involved in the activities of a local gang, until
a tragic event involving his cousin forces him to make a choice about the
course of his life.
Ruiz, Mona. Two badges : the lives
of Mona Ruiz. Houston, Tex : Arte Público Press,
1997. Story of a woman who overcame her past as a gang
member and became a police officer.
Sanchez, Reymundo, 1963- My bloody
life : the making of a Latin King. Chicago : Chicago
Review Press, 2001.
Sanchez, Reymundo, 1963- Once
a King, always a King : the unmaking of a Latin King.
Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press ; [S.l.] : Distributed by Independent
Publishers Group, c2003. The author describes his struggle
to separate himself from the Latin Kings, detailing his initial break with
the Chicago gang, and telling how he was drawn back into the criminal life,
and how his time in prison allowed him the chance to prepare himself for
life outside the gang.
Shakur, Sanyika, 1964- Monster
: the autobiography of an L.A. gang member. New York,
N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1994. L.A. Crip gang member Kody
Scott recounts his life from the time he joined at eleven years old to
being in solitary confinement at San Quentin.
Shulman, Irving. West Side story
: a novelization. New York : Pocket, 1967, c1961.
Maria, a young Puerto Rican girl living in New York, and sister to Sharks
gang leader Bernardo, falls in love with Tony, former leader of the rival
gang, the Jets, setting the stage for tragedy.
Van Draanen, Wendelin. Sammy Keyes
and the search for Snake Eyes. New York : Dell Yearling,
, c2002. When thirteen-year-old Sammy finds herself
with an abandoned baby on her hands, she sets out to find the young mother,
who may belong to a gang, and accidentally jeopardizes her position on
the softball team.
Williams, Stanley. Life in prison.
New York : SeaStar Books, , 1998. The author, imprisoned
on Death Row since 1981, describes life in prison, warning young readers
not to make the mistakes he made.
Wolff, Lisa, 1954- Gangs.
San Diego : Lucent Books, c2000. Discusses gangs and
their various aspects, including the reasons why people join them, their
relationship to crime, their effects on society, and the prevention of
Wright, Richard, 1908-1960. Rite
of passage. New York : HarperCollins, c1994.
When fifteen-year-old Johnny Gibbs is told that he is really a foster child,
he runs off into the streets of Harlem and meets up with a gang that wants
him to participate in a mugging.
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